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Telekinesis! is mostly a one-man project driven by Michael Benjamin Lerner, a Seattle-based drummer, guitarist, and singer-songwriter. Clocking in at just over 30 minutes, his eponymous debut is a delightfully concise batch of crisp and catchy power pop aimed at those who love the three-minute form. Created with Death Cab for Cutie’s Chris Walla, who produced the album and played some instruments, the songs feature abundant hooks, memorable choruses, and the kind of repetitive phrases you’re happy to have bouncing around your head for a while. The album’s two ballads, “Rust” and “I Saw Lightning,” add some variety but the true standouts are the sunny, high-energy travelogue tunes “Coast of Carolina,” “Toyko,” “Look to the East,” and “Great Lakes,” along with “Awkward Kisser” and the irresistible “Imaginary Friend.” There’s nothing fancy here, just fun, well-crafted pop songs and not a bummer in the bunch. Can’t argue with that.

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Nothing out of place.

I've been following Telekinesis (the work of Michael Benjamin Lerner; he plays all of the instruments here, Chris Walla of Death Cab produces) since 2007 and I recently saw him and his band perform at a duckpin bowling alley in Richmond along with Say Hi. In the studio, the band's like Spoon without the funk but with a lot of heart, instead. Live, the Spoon comparison holds true, in that the music is so tightly wound up that it almost feels as if a stray beat could bring the whole thing down. But what Lerner is great at is anticipating the listener: check out the little touches on songs like Foreign Room or Imaginary Friend. Telekinesis! may not be revolutionary, but darnit, it's indie pop done right, and Lerner deserves every accolade he receives for this album.

A Perfect Summer Soundtrack

I have been following this 22 year old drummer, guitar player, writer and engineer since he attended Paul McCartney's school in Liverpool. I think some of the Beatles home town Mojo rubbed off on the young man. His drumming is what leads these songs along. The guy is a great player. His lyrics are innocent and touching. I don't know why people compare him to Death Cab, except for the fact that Chris Walla produced the CD and like Death Cab, it's really great music. Telekinesis rocks a lot harder than DCFC and the songs are more positive. This is a great CD to drive to with the top down or windows open. It will become a soundtrack for the summer of 2009 and beyond. Hey Letterman staff, this would be the perfect band to cap off one of your shows. Nice going young man. Your future is as bright as your songs! Great music is still being made and Michael Lerner is proof. Buy this one and get the bonus track!

British invasion - part DEUX

a softer side of the Strokes--picture 'Dashboard' if they were british. The hooks are really good, and what makes them even better are the lyrics. And thats the problem with a lot of newer bands is that they try to grab your attention, but then that's all they do; it's an attention compared to having an acquaintance with the Queen of England--it wasnt really an acquaintance but it was cool being that close to her. And that's just it--they reach out for your attention span and sooner than later it's more of an annoyance above anything. But not with Telekinesis. They grab your attention with their sound, but then take you to dinner with their words--its a music and lyrics night out! Buy the album off iTunes--the bonus track is worth it. And don't pay attention to the 3 star rating, I just won't deface my love for music with a 4 star rating for every album I find attractive. ENJOY!


Formed: 2008 in Seattle, WA

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '00s, '10s

Telekinesis is the songwriting vehicle of Michael Benjamin Lerner, whose music splits the difference between summery indie rock and buoyant power pop. Based in Seattle, Washington, Lerner handled most of the instrumental duties on his band's debut, Telekinesis!, which was produced by Death Cab for Cutie's Chris Walla and released in spring 2009. Telekinesis then launched a tour in support of the record, with auxiliary members Chris Staples, David Broecker, and Jonie Broecker filling out the lineup....
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